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Cat. No. 72a

Untitled, no. 11 of 34, from the illustrated book, Ode à l'Oubli

Date:
2002
Illustrated Book:
Ode à l'Oubli (View All)
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works
Techniques:
Other
Description:
Fabric collage, with red ink additions
Dimensions:
page (approx.): 10 3/4 × 12 1/16" (27.3 × 30.7 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" printed lower middle, inside back book cover, red lithograph.
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
There is an editioned version of this unique fabric illustrated book. It was published in 2004 in an edition of 25 plus 7 A.P., 6 P.P.
State Changes and Additions:
Additions in red ink: circular forms overall.
Pagination:
68 unnumbered pages.
Background:
"Ode à l'Oubli" was Bourgeois's first book of fabric collages, and it is unique. The pages were made of linen hand towels from the artist’s wedding trousseau. These towels are embroidered with the monogram “LBG” for “Louise Bourgeois Goldwater.” (Bourgeois married the American art historian Robert Goldwater in 1938.) To assemble the book, Bourgeois worked with Mercedes Katz, a seamstress she had employed starting in 1999. The fabric collages on each page are made from fragments of her old clothing and household items. SOLO Impression printed the lithographed cover and the two text pages within the volume. In 2004, Bourgeois issued an editioned version of "Ode à l'Oubli," published by Peter Blum Edition.
Bibliography:
Wye, Deborah. "Louise Bourgeois (American, born France 1911)." In Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwartz, eds., "Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010, 274-277.

This article describes Bourgeois's relationship to fabric as a material for artworks, and the making of "Ode à l'Oubli."
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
540.2005.12
This Work in Other Collections:
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Untitled, no. 11 of 34, from the illustrated book, Ode à l'Oubli
2002-2004

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Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 11 of 34, from the illustrated book, Ode à l'Oubli. 2002
2002
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 11 of 34, from the illustrated book, Ode à l'Oubli. 2004
2004

Illustrated Book
2002

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à l'Oubli. 2002
Ode à l'Oubli
2002
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Illustrated Book
2004

Louise Bourgeois. Ode à l'Oubli. 2004
Ode à l'Oubli
2004
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